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Deal or No Deal? Evaluating the Redskins' 2009 Free Agents

Deal-or-no-deal_mediumIn a post that I realize is extremely premature, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the Skins current roster and start evaluating all of the upcoming free agents this year.

There are a lot of players on the fence at this point in my mind, and I'll be curious to get everyone else's feedback.

The current list of Redskins free agents include: Jason CampbellLevi Jones, Casey Rabach, Stephon Heyer (restricted), Phillip Daniels, Rocky McIntosh, Carlos Rogers, Reed Doughty, and kickers Shaun Suisham and Hunter Smith.

My deal/no deals, explanations, and list of available league-wide free agents after the jump:




Free Agent Deal or No Deal Comments
Jason Campbell Deal

At this point, I don’t see how any of the QBs listed below are a better QB than Jason Campbell. He’s been a staple in the locker room and until the Oline gets a face lift, Campbell is the Redskins’ best option. One could make a point for Tavaris Jackson or Troy Smith given their mobility, but they couldn’t even win the starting job behind the great O-lines of their current squads.

Notable FAs: Kyle Orton, Tarvaris Jackson, Kellen Clemens, David Carr, Daunte Culpepper, Jon Kitna, Troy Smith (RFA)
Clinton Portis No Deal

This is a sticky situation since Portis is locked in until 2012; however, don’t be so quick to think Snyder’s loyalty to Clinton will keep from cutting him in an uncapped year. After all, Lavar Arrington was so close with Snyder that he was a pall-bearer at his father’s funeral, and then when money got involved, the dispute ripped them apart. If a new Front Office regime comes in, and there is an uncapped year, the Skins have to think long-term and cut ties. It’s a sore feeling after everything CP has given this franchise, but if the Redskins ever want to win, snip.

Notable FAs: Ronnie Brown (RFA), Pierre Thomas (RFA), Cadillac Williams, Darren Sproles, LenDale White, Leon Washington, Jerious Norwood, Chester Taylor, Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins, Willie Parker
Rocky McIntosh Deal

During games his name always seems to gets called and with the depth at LB being thin, Rocky is not a player the Skins can afford to lose. After the Skins unwisely didn’t grant his request for an extension earlier, I’m sure the former Hurricane and his greedy agent (Rosenhaus) will make a big run for the money.

Notable FAs: Barrett Ruud, Shawne Merriman, Karlos Dansby, DeMeco Ryans, Thomas Davis, Kirk Morrison, Thomas Howard, D’Qwell Jackson, Antwan Barnes (RFA), Bertrand Berry, Chase Blackburn, Gary Brackett, Jason Taylor
Casey Rabach

Levi Jones

Stephon Heyer (RFA)


Casey Rabach will be 33 years old next season and is still going strong. The former Badger would be a huge loss since he is the vocal leader before each snap. I can't imagine how out of sync this Oline would be without Rabach. The Redskins only other centers are local men Will Montgomery and Edwin Williams. Yikes.

This is a no-brainer. The Redskins don't have the draft picks to fix the entire Offensive line, and Levi has proven he can play at a high level. He stopped Demarcus Ware last week, and playing with Cincy, he faced Harrison, Suggs, and all the best. Keep Levi and draft a stud RT with the first pick.

Since Stephon Heyeris a RFA after this season, the Redskins can sit back and wait for any other teams to make an offer. I can't imagine there will be many, but Stephon has proven he is a serviceable backup with the potential to get over that hump. For an undrafted free agent, Bugel is definitely getting the most out of him.

As I was typing this article, the outstanding Right Tackle for the Eagles, Winston Justice, just got signed to a 4-year extension. The 2nd round pick who is now 24 would have been a great addition to any squad.

The list for FA O-linemen is a long one so I included the link. Jon Jansen is available again!
Notable FAs: [ALL FA Offensive Lineman]
Carlos Rogers

Reed Doughty
No Deal*


This one I went back and forth on several times, but if Carlos is getting benched for 2 straight games, then he can't be trusted. That leads to the question, who will replace him? The tandem of Tryon and Smoot has worked this year, so I'm thinking stick with it next year and sign a solid free agent. If Carlos can be kept on the cheap, then it's a good fit, but you know someone like the Raiders or Bengals will pay decent scratch for him. Kevin Barnes...please stand up.

Reed has been a special teams sensation, and his team mentality to accept a backup role proves he is all class. He will sure want to start next year, which likely means Reed's last games as a Skin are this year. There are some quality CBs and safeties available. I personally love the Rams' O.J. Atogwe...although with Laron's brother a free agent, the Skins could have the Landry brothers back there. Something needs to change because the current safety tandems the Skins have are not generating turnovers.

Notable FA CBs: Tramon Williams (GB), Dunta Robinson(HOU), Richard Marshall (CAR), Marlin Jackson (IND), Alan Ball (DAL), Leigh Bodden (NE), Dre’ Bly (SAN), Nick Harper (TEN), Walt Harris (SAN), Ellis Hobbs (PHI), Tim Jennings (IND), Ken Lucas (SEA), Karl Paymah (MIN), Deshea Townsend (PIT), Fabian Washington (BAL), Usama Young (NO) – Restricted FA,

Notable FA Safeties: O.J. Atogwe (STL), Nick Collins (GB), Antoine Bethea (IND), Darren Sharper (NO), Dawan Landry (BAL), Gerald Sensabaugh (DAL)
Phillip Daniels

No Deal

Phillip will be 37 this coming March, and I think it's safe to say it's time to let the youth start. Orakpo, Chris Wilson, Jeremy Jarmon. The Defensive line seems to be the only position the Redskins have depth in. If Phillip is willing to take a mentor role as a backup and come in short yardage plays, then I think this could be a perfect fit.
Shaun Suisham



I know half of Redskins' Nation wants Suisham tar-and-feathered for his perfomance at Big D, but Shaun certainly deserves the end of the season for a fair assessment. I feel he’ll come back strong. There are some good free agents, but I really don’t think any of these guys will be a substantial upgrade. Might as well keep Hunter and Suisham together and be patient with the improvements.

As for Hunter Smith, I think it's a no-brainer. His net average ranks in the middle of the pack, but he's an accurate kicker inside the 20, and of course, his 2 TDs equal Moss, Cooley, Yoder, and Betts' TDs for the year.

Notable FAs: Neil Rackers, Stephen Gostkowski, Shayne Graham, Jay Feely, Sebastian Janikowski, Jeff Reed